Simon Cowell has said he “would not be here today” if it weren’t for the success of Kelly Clarkson, as the singer has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The music mogul said Clarkson was “one of the most loyal, most talented people” he’s helped throughout his career, as he spoke at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday.
Clarkson rose to fame after winning the inaugural series of America’s hit singing competition American Idol in 2002 – on which Cowell was a judge.
He was joined by fellow original series judges, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, who also later praised Clarkson before her star was announced.
“I remember the day we met you. I miss not only your voice but also your personality,” Cowell told Clarkson.
“At that point, I didn’t realize how good you are, I just like you, and I’m so grateful.
“I can honestly say thank you, I’m here today, really, I swear to God.
“Because you confirmed what we did – if we don’t find a star there’s no point in doing these shows. And I can never predict what will happen.
“The Kelly you see in front of the camera is the Kelly you see behind the camera, she’s one of the nicest, most loyal, most talented people I’ve had the great fortune to help. .”
Clarkson said she’s happy to have “not just people” around her to help and support her career, as she accepted the honor.
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The singer, who has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, and is also the host of multiple Emmy Awards for the Kelly Clarkson Show, will soon begin filming its fourth season.
In 2021, she released her ninth studio album, When Christmas Comes Around…, her first album since the 2017 Grammy-nominated Meaning of Life.
Clarkson is one of pop music’s top solo artists, with 17 hits that have earned them multiple platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world.
Awarded in the Sound Recording category, her star is at number 2,733 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Ovation Hollywood.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/simon-cowell-i-wouldnt-be-here-today-if-not-for-kelly-clarksons-success-42002617.html Simon Cowell: I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the success of Kelly Clarkson